One of the best native ground cover plants is Scleranthus biflorus, a mound forming plant growing to only a few cms high.
Found in Alpine to sub Alpine areas from Tasmania to New south Wales this is a plant that requires moisture for good growth.
Used widely as a landscaping plant, the foliage of Scleranthus biflorus forms an attractive bright green cushion like appearance. It flows over the ground covering mounds an rocks to give an undulating sea of green.
Scleranthus biflorus looks great when planted near rocks and is allowed to mould itself to the shape. Full sun, and well drained humus rich soil.
Scleranthus biflorus never really reaches great heights, it will mound un to 10 cm or so, and it will spread over 40 cm, even more in good conditions. It does have a few common names, ‘Twin Flowered Knawel’ is one, ‘Canberra Grass’ is another, however the Tasmanians, Victorians and New Zealanders do not call it that.
Scleranthus biflorus Care
The trick to growing Scleranthus biflorus is a well drained soil with moisture. It is a plant that does not like to dry out, neither does it like to be water logged.
Excellent when planted in a rock garden with some moisture Scleranthus biflorus comes into its own from spring through summer to autumn.
An interesting choice for container growing where it forms a mound that will flow over the edge of the pot.
A little slow release low phosphorus native plant fertilizer in spring and some added moisture during dry spells should ensure good growth.
Best grown in full sun to afternoon shade, moist but well drained soil.